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In the traditional Japanese household, most clothing could be packed flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities.
(A) flatly, and so it was not necessary to have elaborate closet facilities
(B) flat, and so elaborate closet facilities were unnecessary
(C) flatly, and so there was no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
(D) flat, there being no necessity for elaborate closet facilities
(E) flatly, as no elaborate closet facilities were necessary
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27 Jul 2005, 06:34
HIMALAYA wrote:
B is fine.

HIMALAYA is it proper diction to say "most clothing could be packed flat"?
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27 Jul 2005, 07:07
To HIMALAYA,
Could you give some explanations? Thanks!
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27 Jul 2005, 07:14
I agree with B, terse and could not find any mistake.
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27 Jul 2005, 16:58
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To HIMALAYA, Could you give some explanations? Thanks!

"it was", which is normally considered wrong, in A is wrong. similarly "there was" in C and "there being" in D, both, are wrong. Also in E, it is wrong to express "as" after coma. E is also awakward and ungramatical.

In B, "and" properly connected second clause. also first clause is in passive, so does the second one.
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27 Jul 2005, 17:08
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HIMALAYA is it proper diction to say "most clothing could be packed flat"?

i also agree with you, however i am not a grammer person. i choose the answer based on experiances and practices. gmat SC is not exactly like grammer. imo, it is just a matter of an idiomatic expression. somtimes we find some uneasy sentences/expressions in gmaty SC. in such cases, we should only try to either find the correct choice or eliminate the wrong choices. so we have nothing to do with whether the given expression is correct.

the above expression is in passive. my understanding is that if an expression given in passive is not underlined, then we should try to find the answer choice that should also be in passive, which in this case is B.

i request SC experts to make further clearification, if any. thanx............
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27 Jul 2005, 18:22
The official answer is B. But I still do not quite understand your explanation. Could you kindly give more details? Many thanks!
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kwasi7 wrote:
HIMALAYA is it proper diction to say "most clothing could be packed flat"?

i also agree with you, however i am not a grammer person. i choose the answer based on experiances and practices. gmat SC is not exactly like grammer. imo, it is just a matter of an idiomatic expression. somtimes we find some uneasy sentences/expressions in gmaty SC. in such cases, we should only try to either find the correct choice or eliminate the wrong choices. so we have nothing to do with whether the given expression is correct.

the above expression is in passive. my understanding is that if an expression given in passive is not underlined, then we should try to find the answer choice that should also be in passive, which in this case is B.

i request SC experts to make further clearification, if any. thanx............
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27 Jul 2005, 18:33
I AM NOT A GRAMMAR EXPERT AT ALL, but this is my explaination....

You first need to make a choice between Flat and Flatly.

Consider these sentences.

Althought bad is coming after verb but in the first sentence it is a linking verb and hence you need a noun or an adjective as a subject compliment.

In the second sentence, smelled is a verb and only adverbs can modify the verbs.

Now coming back to your questions, Flat is needed to modify the clothing...

Now the choice is between B and E.

E changes the meaning of the sentence. E says, because no closets were necessary, that is why the clothing was flat.

Hence B.
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27 Jul 2005, 19:28
E..changes the meaning...

"As closets..." is changing the meaning in E

B stands out
27 Jul 2005, 19:28
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